He turned out in his signature safari suit on Tuesday and Wednesday, and was seen moving around the House, talking to leaders of all the parties. When tempers went out of hand on all sides, he stood up and pleaded with the leader of opposition Sushma Swaraj that there is need to debate.
His managerial skills were on full display on Wednesday afternoon. The mercurial Lalu Prasad Yadav used an uncomplimetary, and it was found unparliamentary, word against deputy speaker Karia Munda. The BJP members were up in arms and demanded an apology from the Rahstriya Janata Dal leader. Kamal Nath walked to the deputy speaker and asked him to adjourn the House for a short while. When the House reassembled a few minutes later, he saw to it that Yadav was not in the House. Congress’ PC Chacko, was in the chair and asked BJP’s senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi as Yadav was not in the House. Yadav returned and Chacko told him that he will have to wait for his turn.
Meanwhile, Kamal Nath went up to Yadav and whispered something. Yadav got up and said that he found the word he had used unparliamentary and he was withdrawing it. That ended a short episode that was on the brink of turning nasty.
Kamal Nath has been keeping his cool and trying to engage the BJP and other opposition parties in a very conciliatory tone despite the belligerence of some of the BJP members.
Even minister of commerce Anand Sharma displayed the same cool and willingness to reach out to the opposition, especially in his reply to the debate on FDI. It seems that the 1970s and 1980s generation of the Congress – Kamal Nath and Anand Sharma – have come into their own and steering the party through the political shoals.